The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says malaria kills more people than HIV yet it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.
This comes as the world commemorates World Malaria Day.
In South Africa, almost 9000 cases of malaria were reported between 2013 and 2014 which resulted in 105 deaths.
SAMA’s Mark Sonderup says South Africans need to be aware of the dangers of malaria.
Hundreds of thousands of people still perish every year because of complications related to malaria.
Sonderup says treatment is very effective but unfortunately people often access treatment too late or they develop severe complications because of malaria.
“One of the major complications involves the brain. It is a serious health concern; it kills many, more people than HIV does,” says Sonderup.
Malaria remains a preventable issue through proper monitoring and early access to treatment.
Source – sabc